Wednesday 23rd April, 12.45 for 1.00pm

Julie Wheelwright, the programme director of the UK’s first MA in Creative Writing Non-fiction at City University and author of The Fatal Lover: Mata Hari and the Myth of Women in Espionage, on  ‘Where the Truth Lies? An exploration of the challenges biographers and historians face when writing in an unstable genre.’ Fake memoirs, doctored documentaries, non-fiction books outstripping sales for fiction – what does it all mean? Julie Wheelwright explored the pressures  historians and biographers face as access to information explodes while the media increasingly blurs the traditional divide between fact and fiction.

Arturo’s Restaurant, 22 Connaught Street, Hyde Park Square, W2. Tickets £25.


Monday 9th June, 6.30-8.30

Tenth Anniversary Summer Garden Party.

St Mary Abbot vicarage garden, Vicarage Gate, W8. Tickets £20.


Tuesday, 2nd September, 6.30 for 7.00pm

Prize dinner.

The actor and author Simon Callow reflected on using an actor’s perspective when writing biography. His books include Lives of Dickens, Oscar Wilde and Orson Welles.

The Savile Club, 69 Brook Street, W1. Tickets £30.


Tuesday, 21st October, 12.00 for 12.30pm

Robin Sheppard, the author of a bestselling self-published memoir, Solitary Confinement (about his battle with Guillan-Barre Syndrome), discussed the problems and rewards of publishing and marketing your own book.

Home House, 20 Portman Square, W1. Tickets £25.


Wednesday 12th November, 12.30 for 1.00pm

Frances Osborne, author of The Bolter, on family memoirs.

Shepherd’s Restaurant, Marsham Street, SW1. Tickets £25.


Wednesday 26th November, 12.30 for 1.00pm

‘Political Biographies: Are they Worth Doing?’

Francis Beckett is the author of acclaimed political biographies of Attlee, Bevan, Blair (The Blairs and their Court and The Survivor) and Brown, and the editor of the series ‘Prime Ministers of the 20th Century’, published by Haus.

House of Commons, SW1.


Monday 15th December, 6.00pm

Christmas Party.

RSA, 8 John Adam Street, WC2. Tickets £25.